Although the vehicles were donated, the cost of refurbishing and shipping them here was covered by Iraq's Ministry of Defense, which paid about $4.5 million. NATO handled much of the logistics of the effort. As part of its assistance to Iraq, the Alliance - through the NATO Training and Equipment Coordination Group - established at NATO Headquarters on October 2004 - is coordinating training and equipment provided by NATO countries to Iraq on a bilateral basis. To date, NATO has delivered some 26,000 light weapons, 200 RPGs, 10,000 helmets and more than 9.3 million rounds of ammunition to Iraq.
Now, given the situation, which is better: split up the armour around the IA, which will render it less effective and be anti-doctrinal, or let them concentrate it in an armoured brigade knowing the risk that *enter faction here* will get control of it and go to the Green Zone with their new tanks?
Trouble is they have noone to service them..nowhere to service them with the parts they don't have and noone competant trained to use them . Iraqis still have hundreds of slowly rotting tanks/armour up by Camp Phoenix N of Baghdad. Their armoured Bde there was less than 10% effective the last time I looked and that figure was pretty optimistic.
Nice headline news for the plebs but bugger all use to the New Iraqi Army.